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Our Call to Action

In 2004, a coalition of student groups came together based on the shared belief that student government should not be the luxury of an elite few, but the right of all who seek to serve. Bruins United advocated for equal access to funding, enhanced student spaces, and Bruin spirit. Their alliance was organized in recognition of the need for diverse representation to combat a system deadlocked by politicking and extreme slatist partisanship. These students, despite their varied interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences recognized that they were stronger together than they were apart. And they were.

Over 13 years, Bruins United has continued to fulfill its mission to empower, amplify and unite the Bruin community. Our leaders have worked on academic excellence, campus climate and safety, affordability, sustainability, USAC transparency, Bruin spirit and more. 

But it is not enough to rely on the successes of the past. We recognize that in order to continue to have the privilege of serving the UCLA community, we must remain relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing UCLA community.

To remain responsive and relevant, the movement must be willing to reflect and evolve. We cannot passively rely on the relationships of the past, we must forge ahead to unite in the future.

This is our call to action.

We, the next generation of students who are committed to student leadership, student representation and student service, seek to create the next coalition of leaders -- with diverse interests, backgrounds, beliefs and experiences -- who are as committed to building community as they are to institutionalizing tangible change.

Bruins United is a coalition of campus leaders who are committed to bettering the student experience, for all.

Bruins United is our call to action for all who believe in the prioritization of student needs.

Bruins United seeks to create spaces for inclusive dialogue, holding space for multiple perspectives, positionalities and orientations.

Bruins United believes in the power of collective student voice, working to build coalitions of students to amplify and uplift each other.

Bruins United works to model intentional, cooperative, moral leadership by working with the administration, campus partners, community partners, and opposing student movements.

Bruins United is committed to open recruitment; no student will be prioritized or penalized on the basis of their affiliations or lack thereof.

Bruins United recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to campus leadership -- nor should there ever be.

Bruins United manifests unity, not uniformity; the strength of our movement is that it is singular neither in voice nor in message.

Now more than ever, our campus, our country and our world need leaders who are willing to come together, not because we are the same, but because we are different. We need leaders who are committed to progressing forward, not by drawing lines and hiding behind them, but by recognizing the walls that exist and tearing them down. We need leaders who have the courage to stand up and speak, as well as the discipline to sit down and listen. We need leaders who will prioritize what is morally right over what is politically expedient.

We need leaders who believe that student government is not just the luxury of an elite few, but the responsibility and opportunity of all who seek to serve our community.

Bruins Serve.

Bruins Lead.

Bruins Advocate.

Bruins Engage.

Bruins Represent.

Together, Bruins Unite. 

We hope you'll join us. 

Our Core Leadership Principles

Many have asked us, "what exactly are you united in?" While the issues our leaders choose to take on and the methods they use to solve them vary from year to year, what holds constant are the leadership principles we maintain. Here they are: 

Our Accomplishments

This is a selection of some of the accomplishments our leaders have brought to campus.

Increasing Affordability

  • iClicker Loan Library

  • Lab Coat Loan Library
  • Portable Phone Charger Loan Library

  • Textbook Scholarships

  • Parking Scholarships

  • Financial Literacy Workshops/Week
  • Financial Literacy Course

  • Den Season Bus Pass

  • Financial Aid Fair

  • On-Campus Jobs Fair

USAC Transparency & Efficiency

  • USAC Endowment for Sustainable Funding

  • USAC Mid-Year Budget Report

  • USAC Live! Council Meeting Livestream

Relevant & Exciting Student Programs

  • LGBTQ Awareness Week

  • Off-Campus Living Fair

  • Den Season Bus

  • Bruin Confidential

  • Revitalization of Homecoming

  • Bruins Night Out & Dank Deals for Bruins

  • #LateNightLandfair

  • Holi at UCLA

  • ASUCLA T-Shirt Design Contest

Safety

  • Sexual Assault Resources & Coalition
  • Sexual Health Workshops & Education

  • Campus Safety Day

  • Circle of 6 U for UCLA

  • Added Lighting to Westwood Village

Academic Advocacy & Resources

  • Stress Free Days with Free Blue Books and More

  • CCLE Syllabus Preview

  • Increased Study Spaces for Finals

  • Diversity Requirement

  • Academic Inequity Awareness Week

  • Transfer Workshops & Resource Fairs

  • Show Me the Ropes

  • Bruin Defenders Grant

  • BruinsVOTE!

  • Appetizers with Administrators

  • Bear Essentials Mobile Application

  • Provided Buses to the Women's March

Environmental Sustainability

  • Solar Powered Umbrellas in Kerckhoff Patio

  • Drought Resistant Grass

  • Solar Panels on Ackerman

  • UCLA Farmer’s Market

  • ASUCLA Reusable Mug Contest

  • Water Bottle Refilling Hydration Stations

  • Composting Video Competition

  • UCLA vs USC Water Conservation Competition

Student Group Resources

  • ASUCLA Creative Services Design Team

  • Student Group Funding How-To Guide

  • Spring Activities Fair

  • SOLE-Mates

Apply to Run with Us in 2018

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we're looking for the best of ucla

Our 2018 candidate selection process is live now -- and it's more clear, transparent, and accessible than ever before. We're on a search for the most dedicated, passionate student leaders who will be able to serve our student body well. 

Here's how you can apply to run for student government (USAC) with Bruins United in 2018: 

FIRST: Read our FAQ guide here.

THEN: Download the PDF application file here. Submit completed applications via email to BruinsUnited.UCLA@gmail.com with the subject line "Candidate Application." 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply, the sooner we can reach out to support you as you begin the process, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. No applications will be accepted after January 21st, 2018 at 11:59PM. 

FINALLY: After submitting your application, you'll be contacted to schedule informational interviews with our leadership team. Please check your email and respond promptly!